ATTENTION PARENTS! Do you need help with eLearning?
Let's face it - eLearning is new for ALL of us. Now is the time to work together for the benefit of our children. Let's re-dedicate ourselves to forming a strong partnership. Our kids need us and We're Better Together!
Beginning the week of April 13, e-Learning for students will take place Monday through Thursday each week. Teachers will be available each e-Learning day from 8:00 -3:00 except on late-start Wednesdays when teachers's hours will be from 9:00 - 3:00. Students are required to log in and complete online lessons and activities each e-Learning day. In order to generate grades, assignments need to be submitted by Friday - at the end of each e-Learning week. Daily attendance is critical and will be based on students' daily online participation.
In order to support our Cardinal families, Chromebooks will be available for pickup at the administration building Wednesday, April 8th from 8:00 - 5:00. Each family is entitled to one Chromebook that can be used for all students from kindergarten to 12th grade. An Indiana driver's license is required and students must be registered in the district's Skyward system.
Below is a helpful list of websites that your children can work on aside from the tasks and activities teachers have assigned in Canvas and/or Google Classroom. It's important to get kids on a daily schedule that includes eLearning. Because reading is so critical to learning, another list of websites has been added expressly for reading. Find it in the section titled Read, Read, Read! To access each site, just click the name of the site that is underlined. Come back and revisit this list because it will continue to grow.
- iReady Math - Each student has a learning path that is suited to his or her needs. Students should work on this site for at LEAST 45 minutes a week.
- IXL is an excellent site for students in kindergarten and all the way to high school. It provides practice in all the important subjects - reading, language, math, science, and social studies. Be sure to explore this site.
- Khan Academy is a math site that provides step-by-step instructions and explanations for all kinds of math problems. It has lessons for students starting in kindergarten all the way up to college levels. This site comes highly recommended.
- Xtra Math is good for keeping those basic math skills fresh, like addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
Why is Canvas So Important?
Canvas is the online platform that teachers are using to make eLearning assignments for their students. For the most part, these assignments are scored and provide feedback to teachers regarding student learning. It's important that students log into Canvas each eLearning day so they can be counted as "present" in class. If your child does not know how to access Canvas, please click on the following picture for detailed instructions.
READ, READ, READ!
Because reading is the foundation of learning, it is important that everyone reads EVERYDAY. But where can we find books with everything being closed? The following is a list of websites that offer great reading resources online ... and they're free! Click the underlined name of each website for access.
- Storyline Online - This is a collection of books that are read by well-known celebrities. The readers are really engaging and your kids will surely enjoy them. Click the link to the right for tips on how to use this site.
- Epic - It's a digital library with LOTS of books for kids 12 and under.
- Open Library - Sign up using your SCEC Google address so that you can check out books and read them online. After signing up, scroll down to find the "Kids" books.
- Free Booksy - Amazon has a limited number of free books. Download the Kindle app from Amazon to read them online.
- Newsela - Do you want to know what's going on in the world today? Newsela is a great resource for current events and is suitable for most kids in grades 3 and above. Parents, each article comes with questions to check for understanding.
- Lincoln's Book Nook - This is a collection of books that are read by adults and are great especially just before bedtime. Find the link on at the top of Lincoln's webpage.
Tips for Using Storyline Online
A Message to Our Students from the Lincoln Staff
Dear Lincoln Cardinals,
The Lincoln staff misses you so much that they have created a video to show you just how they feel. Click the video next door to see what the staff is feeling. Though we are not together in school, let's work together to do our best to make this a year of learning. Please complete your online lessons and know that you can reach out to us for help. Let's stay strong and continue on the path to learning.
The Lincoln Staff
How Much Do We Miss You? Click to see.
March Madness Book Tournament
Sixteen Books - One Winner!
Lincoln School is participating in a special tournament. No, not a basketball tournament - it's a book tournament. The idea is to enjoy 16 books that are matched up against each other and then vote for your favorite ones. As we move through the month, books will be eliminated until one book emerges as Lincoln School's Favorite! The theme of the books is Bold and Brave Women.
Click the video on the right to enjoy 2 minutes of the current book. If you want to read the entire book instead of the 2 minutes, go to Lincoln's Book Nook where you will find most of the books. Talk to your teacher and classmates about what you like about each book and then vote for your favorite. Want to know which books are competing? Click the link to check out the book match ups.
Book 2 of the March Madness Book Tournament
Lincoln Loses a Great One
Rest in Heaven, Mr. Quarles.
With sadness in our hearts, we at Lincoln bid farewell to our highly-esteemed music teacher, Mr. Quarles. Rick passed away peacefully at home with his family on December 26, 2019. With his passing, Mr. Quarles leaves behind a vacuum that will be difficult to fill but in addition to our loss, Mr. Quarles also leaves behind a legacy of wonderful musical memories. The one posted in the section on the right includes many of his beautiful, original songs. It's my favorite video of his.
Christmas Concert 2016
Memories - Click to Enlarge
Channel 7 News Visits Lincoln School
Why was Hosea Sanders from Channel 7 News at Lincoln today? Here's the scoop.
Christmas came just a little bit early for students at Lincoln when Chicago Bears Rashaad Coward joined Athletes for Charity at today's gifts give away. The gifts came courtesy of Athletes for Charity, a group which helps provides extra learning experiences for children in challenged neighborhoods.
"Our kids don't come from backgrounds that they have a lot of things," said Nancy Sharp, Lincoln Elementary principal. "This is a one way to bring in support and activities that they normally do not have."
Kindergarteners got to choose their very own books, some for the first time ever.
Older students got Lego kits as a reward for doing well in their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) subjects. Some had never seen Legos.
"I like math," said 10-year-old Tarianna Franklin. "It's pretty easy and I like numbers."
"I want to be a computer programmer for NASA," said 10-year-old Layleh Butler.
That's just what Bears offensive guard Rashaad Coward was hoping to hear. He's a part of Athletes for Charity and he came bearing the gifts
"I got nominated for the NFL PA and I got $10,000 so I was like 'give it to the kids and let them help with anything they need, computers, books even Legos,'" Coward said.
"As a former science teacher, many of our students, by the time they get to high school, they are behind in terms of STEM careers and STEM awareness," said Dee-Etta Wright, East Chicago Superintendent. "This program allows a students to become engaged and aware of it by an early age."
Students like Prince Reaves, who already loves coding.
"It's pretty simple," the 10-year-old said.
This is the first time Athletes for Charity has helped a school in the Chicago area. The program has been highly successful in other cities, like Detroit.
They are hoping to expand to even more local schools in the future, just to let students learn that STEM subjects can be fun.
Story by Hosea Sanders
from Channel 7 News
December 16, 2019
Rashaad Coward Promotes STEM and Reading
Book Nook Story of the Week
Hispanic Heritage Month Photos
Athletes for Charity Promotes STEM & Literacy
Lincoln's Starbooks is Open for Business
Come and Browse our Books at Starbooks!
Starbooks - Lincoln's New Student Bookstore
Starbooks is the brainchild of our 5th grade teacher Mrs. Kruit. She and Mrs. Rodich, our 4th grade teacher, collected monetary donations from the staff and drove all the way to Aurora, Illinois to buy boxes and boxes of gently-used books to stock the shelves of Lincoln School's new bookstore. Starbooks has books for all Kindergarten to 6th grade students.
The bookstore is housed at Lincoln School in room 207 and tickets are being sold to purchase the books. The cost of each book is only 50 cents. Money collected from the sales of the books will be used to buy more books. Parents and students are welcome to come visit the bookstore and browse the hundreds of books waiting to be read.
Chicago Bears Raashad Coward Teams Up With Lincoln
Raashad Promotes STEM at Lincoln
Athletes for Charity
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rashaad Coward has been named Week 2 NFLPA Community MVP after partnering with Athletes for Charity to launch a STEM and literacy program at Lincoln Elementary School in Indiana
“I am truly honored to be named NFLPA Community MVP,” Coward said. “I was only answering a call to drive out to Indiana to support some of our youngest fans out that way, who root for us every week.”
On September 17, Coward drove more than an hour south to spend the day with students at Lincoln Elementary and take part in the school’s newest educational program. Along with distributing themed books to the 100 students in attendance, the Bears lineman worked closely with them on various engineering projects.
Coward’s visit was an extension of his service work with Athletes for Charity, a non-profit that partners with sports figures to support the educational development of underserved youth. As a STEM ambassador, Coward has made a commitment to visit Lincoln Elementary once a month so that he can pour back into the students and their program.
“I enjoyed spending time with the kids and talking to them about their favorite STEM subjects and learning about engineering with them,” Coward said. “I am blessed to be in this position and just want to inspire them like other players did to inspire me to pursue my dreams when I was young. I am excited to expose the kids to opportunities I didn't have when I was younger.”
Lincoln Hosts Spooky Stem Night
It was wet, gloomy and cold outside but inside were happy witches, goblins, and a wide assortment of monsters haunting the halls of Lincoln School on the Eve of Halloween where science and treats were part of the fun. To view and download pictures, click the following link.
Spooky Stem Night at Lincoln
Family Literacy Night (Click a picture to enlarge.)
Lincoln Celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week
Let's Go Camping!
Principal Sharp and Assistant Principal Padilla led the charge this week to celebrate all the members of its staff with a week of treats, surprises and gifts. This year the theme was camping and as usual, the celebratory week was a huge success!
Lincoln Celebrates Under the Stars Camping Style
Lincoln: Chosen for Tree Project
Why are students digging in the dirt?
The students, staff, and tree huggers at Lincoln Elementary School are excited about a new environmental project that is taking place right on our school grounds. The Student Conservation Association (SCA) CommuniTree Team and Lincoln students began the joyful task of planting 25 native trees to Indiana on Thursday, May 17th. The school will be creating and maintaining their very own arboretum of Indiana Native Trees, a project that will continue down Commonwealth Avenue as a linear Arboretum. In total, over 300 trees will be planted with over 30 species of trees. Check out the video on the right to see how the digging went.
Can You Say Arboretum?
Highlights of Lincoln Ladies Championship Game
Pete the Cat Visits Lincoln
Principal Sharp and Vice Principal Padilla Welcome Pete the Cat